Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) continues to monitor and assess the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). GLBBS’ first and foremost concern revolves around student and staff health. Effective March 16, 2020, in an effort to reduce human interactions and potential spread of the virus, GLBBS will remain closed to the general public until further notice.

Financial Assistance

GLBBS Scholarships

GLBBS Scholarships and Tuition Assistance opportunities are available to assist qualified students based on both financial need and merit.

Hands-On Scholarship – up to $3,000

The Hands-On Scholarship is a competitive award based on the student’s ability to demonstrate or describe and picture a project they have completed in the past four years. Submissions may be in the form of a short video or a picture of a completed project by the student.

Students may submit up to three entries that demonstrate their skill at creating, constructing, and building things. At least one picture must be of work completed solely by the student. Each entry must include a written description of the item that includes the materials and tools used, the length of time from start to completion, and the purpose of the item.

Great Lakes Regional Award – up to $3,000

The Great Lakes Regional Award is available to one student whose primary residence is a state connected to the Great Lakes (Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana) plus Ontario, Canada. To apply the student must demonstrate residency and submit an application by September 1, 2020.

RPM Foundation Scholarship – up to $2,3750

The RPM Foundation supports restoration and preservation training programs for the next generation of automotive, motorcycle and marine craftsmen. The services, resources, and grants provided by RPM safeguard the future of the collector vehicle industry by sustaining hands-on training for young adults.

GLBBS Scholarship – up to $5,000

A number of criteria are used in awarding these scholarships which are provided through the generous gifts of donors.

George H. Nickels Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund – funding dependent

The sole purpose of this fund shall be to provide a scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan. The selection of the student(s) for this special scholarship award will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, as appointed by the Board of Trustees. Graduates who received a George H. Nickels Scholarship shall be recognized as such at graduation and called George H. Nickels Scholars. This scholarship fund is held at the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation.


External Scholarships

National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Scholarship

About the Scholarship: NMRA is offering a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding student pursuing education and a career in the marine trades. High school seniors, and college and vocational students may apply.


Recreational Boating Industries Educational Fund (RBIEF)

About the Scholarship: RBIEF offers college scholarships for students who are enrolled or enrolling in higher education or technical courses and who have an interest in pursuing careers in the marine industry


We are Approved for Veterans Benefits

Thank you to all of our veterans for your service and commitment. We are very proud and humbled to have the privilege to serve our military families and are here to assist you in any way that we can.

Tuition assistance is available for U.S. Military Veterans with education benefits. For information about what types of benefits are available, how to apply for these benefits, how to fill out a Veterans online application, and to view payment rates, go to:

As a member of the military, you have access to education benefits that are designed to help you set the groundwork for your future career and ease the transition into the civilian workforce after completing your service commitment. GLBBS can help you prepare for success in your chosen field. We have admissions and financial aid representatives available to you who understand the language and paperwork of the military.

U.S. Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended (20 U.S.C. § 1015a), beginning on October 29, 2011, each postsecondary institution in the United States that participates in Title IV federal student aid programs and enrolls full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students is required to post a net price calculator on its website. It is based on information from the most current completed academic year (class of 2015).

Calculations are based on the parameters for a first time, first year student during a standard academic school year. This means that the summer quarter is not included in the calculator’s calculations. Results are dependent on the accuracy and completeness of the information entered and is intended to provide only a general guide to your eligibility for financial aid. Any award is not guaranteed by GLBBS and is meant to be an indication of the aid you may be eligible to receive. This is not an application for financial aid. Your information will not be retained or transmitted to GLBBS in any way.

To use our Net Price Calculator, please click here (page will open in a new tab, close tab when finished).

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